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Hospice Quality Data Refresh on Medicare Care Compare

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The latest quarterly refresh of hospice quality data is now available on Medicare Compare – Hospice (data updated Aug 31 2022).

Note: The claims-based and patient experience quality measures: Hospice Item Set (HIS), Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice Survey, and Claims-based measure scores exclude Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of calendar year 2020 (January 1-June 30, 2020) because of temporary data exemptions in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Quality of Patient Care measures

  • Patients who got an assessment of all 7 HIS quality measures at the beginning of hospice care to meet the HIS Comprehensive Assessment Measure requirements (2020Q4_2021Q3)
  • Percentage of patients who received visits from a registered nurse or medical social worker on at least 2 out of the final 3 days of their life. (2019Q2_2019Q4, 2020Q3_2021Q3)
  • Hospice Care Index Score: (2019Q2_2019Q4, 2020Q3_2021Q3)

The HIS Comprehensive Assessment Measure is a composite of 7 HIS care process measures.

  1. NQF #1617 Patients treated with an Opioid who are Given a Bowel Regimen
  2. NQF #1634 Pain Screening
  3. NQF #1637 Pain Assessment
  4. NQF #1639 Dyspnea Screening
  5. NQF #1638 Dyspnea Treatment
  6. NQF #1647 Beliefs/Values Addressed (if desired by the patient)
  7. NQF #1641 Treatment Preferences

Patient and family experience measures (8 measures)

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey® results reporting 2019Q2_2019Q4, and 2020Q3_2021Q3.

  1. Communication with family
  2. Getting timely help
  3. Treating patient with respect
  4. Emotional and spiritual support
  5. Help for pain and symptoms
  6. Training family to care for patient
  7. Rating of this hospice
  8. Willing to recommend this hospice

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